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State of the World's Wetlands and Their Services to People: A Compilation of Recent Analyses

Ramsar Briefing Note No. 7. Gland, Switzerland: Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 2015

21 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2015  

Royal C. Gardner

Stetson University College of Law

Stefano Barchiesi

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Coralie Beltrame

Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory

C. M. Finlayson

Charles Sturt University

Thomas Galewski

Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory

Ian Harrison

Conservation International

Marc Paganini

European Space Agency

Christian Perennou

Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory

Dave Pritchard

DEP Consultants; Ramsar Culture Network; Ramsar STRP

Ake Rosenqvist

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Matt Walpole

United Nations - Environment Programme (UNEP)

Date Written: March 31, 2015

Abstract

Ramsar Resolution XI.17 requested the Convention’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel to report on the state of the world’s wetlands and their services to people. As a contribution to this task, this Briefing Note summarizes and highlights for Contracting Parties and other decision makers key points from select scientific reports and articles published in 2013 and 2014. In particular, the Briefing Note discusses wetland status and trends, the loss of wetland ecosystem services and future steps for data collection and assessment. The negative trends shown by recent studies should serve as a call to Contracting Parties to avoid further wetland loss and degradation and to strengthen wetland assessment, monitoring and restoration.

Keywords: wetlands, ecosystem services, Ramsar Convention

JEL Classification: K32, K33, N50, O13, O19, Q25, Q28, R14

Suggested Citation

Gardner, Royal C. and Barchiesi, Stefano and Beltrame, Coralie and Finlayson, C. M. and Galewski, Thomas and Harrison, Ian and Paganini, Marc and Perennou, Christian and Pritchard, Dave and Rosenqvist, Ake and Walpole, Matt, State of the World's Wetlands and Their Services to People: A Compilation of Recent Analyses (March 31, 2015). Ramsar Briefing Note No. 7. Gland, Switzerland: Ramsar Convention Secretariat, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589447 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2589447

Royal C. Gardner (Contact Author)

Stetson University College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

Stefano Barchiesi

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ( email )

Rue Mauverney 28
Gland, Canton de Vaud 1196
Switzerland

Coralie Beltrame

Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory ( email )

United States

C. M. Finlayson

Charles Sturt University ( email )

NSW
Australia

Thomas Galewski

Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory ( email )

United States

Ian Harrison

Conservation International ( email )

Antananarivo 101, 20036
Madagascar

Marc Paganini

European Space Agency ( email )

United States

Christian Perennou

Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory ( email )

United States

Dave Pritchard

DEP Consultants ( email )

Ramsar Culture Network ( email )

Ramsar STRP ( email )

United States

Ake Rosenqvist

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ( email )

United States

Matt Walpole

United Nations - Environment Programme (UNEP) ( email )

12, G Georga Str Gr
19004 Spata-Attikis
Greece

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